GREELEY, Colo. -- Dorothy Mae Rummel of Greeley, Colo., was born on her grandmother's farm on July 14, 1924, in Wolbach, Neb., to Jacob and Margaret (Kraft) Moser. In 1932, her parents moved to Grainton, Neb., where her father worked for farmers around the Hiawatha and Enders, Neb., area.
In the spring of 1935, when Dorothy was 11-years-old, they moved to Haigler, Neb. She attended the Haigler schools through the ninth grade. She grew up in a Christian home and attended church. Her parents were hard working people. Dorothy and her twin sister, Doris were born sixth in a family of 11.
On Sept. 26, 1942, she married the love of her life, Vinson Andrew Rummel at the Methodist parsonage in Haigler. They set up housekeeping on the Rummel family farm north of McDonald, Kan. They lived there for 24 years. The family farm was sold in 1968 and Dorothy and Vinson moved into McDonald. In 1973, they moved to McCook.
Upon Vinson's death in 2001, Dorothy moved to Greeley to be closer to her family. She became a resident at Garden Square at Westlake Assisted Living Center in 2003. She developed many good friendships there with the staff and residents. She remained at Garden Square until her death.
Dorothy departed this life Friday March 20, 2009 at the age of 84 years, 8 months, and 6 days.
Dorothy's life centered around her family. Her adult life she spent as a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. She will long be remembered for her deep love for her family, caring spirit, and her work ethic.
Dorothy loved reading, and gardening. She provided day care for several families after moving to McCook.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband Vinson; a daughter, Shirley M. Dye; a granddaughter, Amanda Lea Dye; a grandson, Timothy Rummel, her parents, Jacob and Margaret Moser; brothers, Fred Moser, Edwin Moser, Jake Moser, and Gene Moser; sisters Doris Wheaton, Anna Wheaton, Kay Wheaton, Betty Bowen, and infant sister, LaVina Moser.
To cherish her memory she leaves her sons, Raymond Rummel and wife, Bonnie of Castle Rock, Colo., and Wesley Rummel and wife, Linda of Goodland, Kan.; her daughters, Janice Leffler and husband, Harvey of Greeley, Colo., and Marilyn Wheeler and husband, Dennis of Colorado Springs, Colo,; her sister, Marie Burgess and husband, Zeke of Buena Park, Calif.; five grandsons; two granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton, Colo. Graveside services were Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Memorial Park Cemetery in McCook.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Faith Lutheran Church in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services, 200047th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80634. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamsonchapels.com.